Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pet Platypus Not For Sale

Unfortunately, it is illegal to have a pet platypus.  Besides the fact that it is against the law to own a platypus as a pet, it is nearly impossible due to their sensitivity to change in their environment. Additionally, the male platypus is actually a venomous animal that comes complete with a spur on its hind foot that delivers enough venom to cause serious pain to a human and even kill a very small child! The Platypus is no longer considered an endangered species, but it is listed as “vulnerable,” which contributes to the illegality of owning one as a pet. Despite this common knowledge, there are still a few sites that list “Platypus for Sale” on the internet…It’s almost understandable how someone might find themselves on one of those sites wishing for a pet platypus because as babies, THEY ARE SO STINKING CUTE!


  1. AHH!!! These little guys are sooo adorable! I want one! I am very sad that they are not legal to keep as pets! Haha. I wonder if they would make good pets if they were not a "vulnerable" species, and if they were kept in an appropriate environment. Of course, the male's venom would be a bit of an issue. But I am more interested in their behavior and ability to be domesticated. If raised by humans, would their behavior be aggressive or would they be friendly and affectionate?

  2. :( I really want one!!! I wish it was legal. :'-(

  3. lets make a petition to make them legal as pets

    1. did you read the article, do you want all the stupid people to breed them, then kill them because they are hard to take care of?